The University of South Carolina baseball program unveiled its new baseball facility Feb. 21, 2009. The $35-plus million Founders Park has a capacity of 8,242 fans and is the crown jewel among baseball stadiums across the nation. Founders Federal Credit Union and the University of South Carolina announced a partnership on Oct. 22, 2015, awarding naming rights to the facility, officially changing the name from Carolina Stadium to Founders Park.
Backstory and Context
Baseball down south is an atmosphere by itself. Fans eat, breathe, and sleep baseball and at the heart of it all is the rivalry between the Tigers and Gamecocks. With the state of South Carolina not having a professional baseball team, baseball fans rally around Clemson and South Carolina baseball. One of the most controversial series in this rivalry happened in March of 2011. South Carolina Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. took a fastball the opposite way for a homerun during the first inning of the game. The homerun caused Tigers Head Coach Jack Legget and ask umpires to check Bradley Jr.’s bat. Gamecock coach Ray Tanner had a huge problem with Legget accusing USC of heating their bats. USC went on to win this series 2 to1 and earned a national title later that season.
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